“There are global water protectors all around the world committed to this work, and we need to do it together. We need to know there are others doing this work, so we don’t feel alone in the work, and know that we are connected energetically through the waterways, supporting one another…” -Elizabeth K Nguyen, MD
Elizabeth K Nguyen, MD, water keeper, psychiatrist, and author, joins Talking Water this month in a collaborative conversation with the Walking Water community. Dr. Nguyen shares her important work as a psychiatrist and energy worker supporting people to restore their internal bodies of water, freeing up the channels that block connection to self, place, and planet. The conversation widens into a community-sharing about the many ways people are doing the sacred work of protecting water on the planet and how replenishing and healing the internal waterways is both a support to environmental activism and a valuable form of activism.
Elizabeth K Nguyen, MD was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents were refugees from Vietnam who arrived in Honolulu in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War. She received her BA from Stanford University in Human Biology, her MD from Northwestern University, and her Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship training at UC Davis. She started her career in community mental health, with specific interests in cross-cultural psychiatry, the intersection of spirituality and mental health, and the healing power of water and the natural world. She is also the author of Aloha Vietnam and founder of the Water Keeper community.
Of the inspiration behind and the intention for Aloha Vietnam, Elizabeth says: "There is so much trauma and healing in the human ancestral lineages, and water, art, and storytelling help us in becoming whole and natural again. This book is my love offering to the land and the people of Vietnam and Hawaii, and the vast Pacific Ocean that connects them. It is my hope that it provides beauty and healing to the trauma and suffering that has come through generations of loss and the struggles of mental illness."
Produced & Edited by: Anne Carol Mitchell
Intro music by: Mamuse 'River Run Free' - featuring Walter Strauss
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